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Old 11-05-2014, 01:35 PM   #64
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Sarah Payne disappeared on 1 July 2000 from a cornfield near the home of her paternal grandparents, Terence and Lesley Payne, in Kingston Gorse, West Sussex, England...Sarah had been playing with her brothers and sister; aged between 5 and 13 at the time.. A nationwide search commenced within 48 hours, and Payne's parents made TV appeals for her safe return...
Sarah Evelyn Isobel Payne (13 October 1991 – c. 1 July 2000) was an 8-year old girl murdered in West Sussex, England in July 2000.. The subsequent investigation became a high profile murder case in the United Kingdom..

On 2 July 2000, officers from Sussex Police visited Whiting making inquiries into Sarah Payne's disappearance..Roy William Whiting was born in Horsham hospital in West Sussex on 26(=8)January 1959. He was 1 of 6 children, of whom only he, an older brother and younger sister survived to adulthood.. He grew up in Langley Green, Crawley.. When he was a child, he was abused by a close relative...Whiting was involved in banger racing during the late 1980s, but abandoned his interest in the sport due to a lack of success...On 4 March 1995, an 8-year-old girl (unnamed for legal reasons) was abducted and sexually assaulted in Langley Green. Whiting was arrested a few weeks later after a man who knew Whiting came forward after hearing that the abductor's car had been a red Ford Sierra, which matched the description of the car that Whiting had just sold..3 months later, Whiting admitted charges of abduction and indecent assault, and was sentenced to 4 years in prison. The maximum sentence for the crime would have been life imprisonment; however, he received a lesser sentence because he had admitted to the crime at the earliest opportunity, although a Psych-iatrist who assessed Whiting after his conviction said that he was likely to re-offend once he was released..Whiting was released from prison in November 1997, having served 2 years and 5 months of his 4-year sentence, and was one of the first people in Britain to go on the sex offenders' register. He had been forced to serve an extra 5 months in prison before being released on licence as penalty for refusing to undergo a sex offenders rehabilitation course...Whiting moved 40 km (25 mi) away from Crawley to Littlehampton on the West Sussex coast, upon his release...

On 17 July, a body was found in a field near Pulborough, some 24 km (15 mi) from Kingston Gorse where she had disappeared. The following day, forensic science tests confirmed that the body was Payne's, and Sussex Police began a murder investigation..Whiting was questioned about the disappearance of Payne, which had taken place about 8 km (5 mi) from Whiting's place of residence. Whiting was routinely questioned as he had been placed on the Sex Offenders Register. The officers left Whiting, but were suspicious of his lack of concern for Payne, something that some of the worst offenders had shown when questioned in connection with Payne's disappearance...Whiting spent 2 days in custody, but a lack of police evidence led to Whiting's release on bail. Although police had found a receipt for fuel from Buck Barn garage near Pulborough, which contradicted his alibi of being at a funfair in Hove at 5:30 pm =8 and then returning to his flat by 9.30 pm on the night that Payne had disappeared, the police had no other evidence with which to press charges..

When Whiting was released on bail, he went to live with his father in Crawley while his flat on Saint Augustine's Road was being searched by forensic investigators. No evidence was found in Whiting's flat to suggest that Payne had been at the flat..When Payne's body was discovered 5 km (3 mi)=8 from the Buck Barn service station where Whiting had bought fuel on the night of Payne's disappearance, and due to Whiting's false alibi, Whiting was subsequently re-arrested on 31 July 2000. Police still had a lack of evidence to press charges and Whiting was released..A few days after his 2nd arrest, Whiting moved out of his father's house after a vigilante attack and went to live in a tent in woodland behind a housing estate in Crawley. Whiting's father moved out of the house afterwards, fearing for his own safety...

On 21 July 2000, Whiting stole a Vauxhall Nova and was pursued by police at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) before crashing into a parked vehicle.. Whiting was arrested on a charge of dangerous driving. Whiting was remanded in custody until 27 September 2000, when he admitted taking the car and driving dangerously and was jailed for 22 months...When Whiting began his jail term for the car theft and dangerous driving, detectives carried out forensic tests on his 1988 Fiat Ducato van, which he had bought on 23 June 2000.. On 6 February 2001, following a police enquiry, Whiting was charged with Payne's murder...On 4 August (8th) 2002 = 8 , Whiting was attacked with a razor by another prisoner while fetching hot water at Wakefield Prison. Convicted killer Rickie Tregaskis (serving life imprisonment with a 25-year recommended minimum for the 1997(26=8) murder of a disabled man in Cornwall) was found guilty of carrying out the slashing which left Whiting with a 6-inch scar on his right cheek...In July 2011 Whiting was again attacked in prison, this time stabbed in the eye. The assailant was apparently twice-convicted murderer Gary Vinter...

Scientists in Israel have shown it is possible to fake DNA evidence, potentially undermining the credibility of the key forensic technique..Using equipment found in labs up and down the country, they obliterated all traces of DNA from a blood sample and added someone else's genetic material in its place..The swap was so successful it fooled scientists who carry out DNA fingerprinting for U.S. courts... DNA taken with swabs from people can also be planted...On 14 November 2001 at Lewes Crown Court, the jury heard from several witnesses. The key witnesses included Payne's oldest brother who had seen a 'scruffy-looking man with yellowish teeth' drive by. Whiting had not been selected in an identity parade..1 of Payne's shoes was found by a member of the public in a country lane and forensic tests had found fibres from Whiting's van on the shoe.. This was the only item of Payne's clothing to be recovered.. A strand of blonde hair on a T-shirt was found in Whiting's van. DNA test established there was a 1-in-a-billion chance of it belonging to anyone other than Payne...(For DNA testing, the hair must include the root. This requires that the hair be plucked, not cut )..The campaign for Sarah's Law was spearheaded by the News of the World newspaper, which began in July 2000 in response to the murder of Sarah Payne.. The concept of Sarah's Law is similar to Megan's Law, which operates in the USA in honour of murder victim Megan Kanka...

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